Next week we will see the opening of a new KAL on Ravelry - Spring into Summer. Spring is a circular lace shawl, created with a Pi structure and heavily beaded. Including a crochet beaded detail crocheted to the edging join.
It has been a couple of years since I last created a KAL project and it seems like the timing is right! The first shawl I knit was in undyed yarn – Einband – that I intended for painting with dyes. Fiona has been test knitting the “normal” version. A beautiful Green Malabrigo Lace. Last night she posted a picture of the shawl blocking! Fiona has done a great job – it is beautiful.
Now I am working on a few smaller projects, mittens and lace, caps and hats. Some projects for the Buffalo Wool Co and some for me and/or the store. I am having limited success as I am a little distracted – one of the projects is frogged and awaiting a reknit!
You see - I am waiting to start a bigger project – the yarn is on its way and everything is hush, hush! So things might be a little quiet on the knitting front for a while! LOL!
I am very excited by this KAL – the project sort of grew organically. The shawl was originally just going to be a painting project for me. But – encouraged by comments of others and my own excitement about the shawl that was appearing on the needles – I decided to write-up the pattern.
I was not disappointed! Fiona has shown how beautiful the pattern really is! I hope that you will think so as well!
On Sunday, Tamera, Fiona and I will be off looking for the perfect local for pictures! Do you have suggestions? I was thinking of a Garden setting of some kind. Milner won’t work this weekend as we have time constraints – something closer to home?
It was a three-day weekend and I walked 3 fabulous walks – Biggs Park to Jack Point, Neck Point and Morrell Sanctuary - here are the best (and the worst) of the weekend in pictures!
The second best bird siting this weekend was a pair of Turkey Vultures landing in the trees at Biggs Park! The first was the flock of Surf Scoter’s at Neck Point! Of special note was the Song Sparrow that posed for a full five minutes just singing her (or his) heart out! It was a great weekend for birds!
It wasn’t such a great weekend for knitting – too busy to accomplish much and what was accomplished ended up getting ripped back!
I hope that your weekend was great – with better knitting results than mine!
…..Well the painted sample for the Spring into Summer KAL is done anyway!
I finished the beaded crochet applied edging Thursday night and I am thrilled with the results!
I hope that you like them as well!
The Surf Scoter – according to the “Book” – is gregarious and loves to flock together – especially when there is herring roe to be found. Sometimes the flock can number over 300,000!
There weren’t that many at Neck Point yesterday morning but there were at least one thousand – most likely more – Surf Scoters and other ducks surfing the chop! I saw Buffleheads, Merganzers and Harlequin ducks as well! I have never seen anything like this flock of ducks.
The flock would separate out into fingers that would move away and back towards the main flock. Ducks disappear and reappear as they dove down and popped back up. The Gulls dove down and settled or veered away into the breeze! The wind was freshening up as we watched the flock and the water got choppier. Sometime the flock would almost disappear behind the approaching waves – incredible!
It was an amazing morning for bird watching. A loan Eagle soared overhead – the Gulls were flying and diving around the ducks – the air and ocean were full of movement.
Ready for the final edging to be crocheted on! More beads and a thin accent of colour over the leaf edging!
Before I painted “Spring” I dyed some yarn for the edging.
Before steaming the yarn was striped with pinks, purples, reds and rose dyes. After dying it was the same but much more!
I will start the edging this evening – I can hardly wait!
Guess what I did yesterday – all of yesterday!
I have decided that I need a bigger steaming pot or I should stick to smaller pieces. I noticed while blocking that there are two defined lines of dye blending on the shawl. Right at fold lines and there were a lot of fold lines to get “Spring into Summer” to fit into the steamer basket of my current steaming pot!